Anyone reading Maestra will certainly brush up their sexual expertise.

Oscar Wilde would have had a field day with Lisa Hilton, or LS Hilton as she styles herself on the cover of her new and rather thrilling book Maestra.(...)

Mercedes Goncalves, a member of the Elizabeth St Leger lodge in Dublin
Sex and the secretive masons

Doneraile Court, Co Cork, 1712: Elizabeth St Leger was reading one evening when she happened to eavesdrop on a masonic rite next door. Some loose bric(...)

Kassim by the Sea (1978). Copyright the artist’s estate

De Profundis – Patrick Hennessy Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin ★★★★ In 1934 the Scottish artist Edward Baird painted an untypical work as a wed(...)

Justin Comiskey and family on board the Irish Ferries’ ship the Oscar Wilde

Holidays should be about magic moments and, a few hours into my family’s trip from Dublin to Rome, one arrived. We asked for a tour of the bridge of (...)

Host Chris Rock with winners as the ceremony draws to a close. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/New York Times

‘Well, you can take the press shuttle from the parking area and then enter at . . . ” This has been going long enough to allow polite mid-sentence (...)

Oscar Wilde offered sage advice about forgiving one’s enemies

Religion and other forms of traditional wisdom all advise us to forgive those who have wronged us. Modern psychological research confirms the value of(...)

Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931)

Even the doziest domestic observer will have noticed that Irish cinema is passing through an unprecedented period of fecundity. Others are blowing ou(...)

The freedom to self-harm in the western, liberal tradition would have been anathema to Kant’s philosophy

In the western, liberal tradition, freedom is king, and that includes the freedom to be unhappy. If someone wants to engage in self-harming acts such(...)

Paris: Toujours l’amour
  • Travel
  • February 13, 2016, 03:00

What would you say if your cheri(e) invited you away to a romantic weekend in the City of Lights? There’s no denying it, 2015 was a very dark year fo(...)

Casablanca (1942)
Ten great movie bromances

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